The Village School farm animals play an important role in teaching. Lessons in respect for all living creatures, reliance and responsibility are taught in very real ways. Respect for and commitment to the environment is also encouraged through the wet lands project that is run on the school property. Adults and children address each other on a first name basis as a way of showing mutual respect and reinforcing that everyone is valued as a worthwhile individual. You’ll find our children are more forthright, expressive, honest and well spoken because we do give them a real voice in the Village School community.


Problem solving, creative thinking and initiative are commonly named as the tools for jobs of the future. Village School children are taught to look for answers and solutions rather than be given them. The school gives children time and ready access to computers, the library, telephone, other staff members and any other resources in their pursuit of answers and solutions.


An important aspect of our philosophy is growing responsibilities as the child grows. This includes: becoming more responsible for one’s own learning, becoming more responsible for one’s behaviours and actions. The aim is for children to develop internal discipline. Through this a real sense of self-respect is gained.


Interdependence is striking the right balance of co-operation and independence. It involves people relying on each other to do their individual parts. The whole school performance is just one important event at the Village School that fosters reliability and real community spirit.


Resilience is all about picking oneself up after a negative experience or a mistake and knowing that you can go on. Village School’s discipline statement recognises that mistakes are valuable learning experiences and encourages children to see their own and other’s in this light.

Village School values

The Village School Board

The business affairs of the Village School are ultimately the responsibility of the Village School’s Board. However to ensure practicality, the day to day operations have been delegated to the Principal and Business Manager while the strategic decisions are retained by the Board.


Current members of the board are as follows:-

  1. Chairperson: Kay Newton
  2. Vice Chairperson:  Andrew Guthrie
  3. Principal:  Tanya Heine
  4. Secretary/Business Manager:  Vanessa Yates
  5. Treasurer:  currently vacant
  6. Staff Rep:  Laura Fraser
  7. Parent Rep:  Sophie Whitwell
  8. OH&S Rep:  Sally Boyd
  9. Ordinary Member - Ian Bentley
  10. Ordinary Member - Ray Yates





"The advantage of a growth school may be summed up in one statement: This kind of school is geared to the child's rhythm of development."

David Elkind, author of "The Hurried Child"